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Form material for interior topping slab

April 28, 2017, 1:03 pm

Placing a ~3.5 topping slab to elevate a garage floor up to the house's sl ab grade on a remodel. We cut 6 wide strips of 1/8 Masonite to act as a perimeter form to set our screed lines. Wall stu... Read more »

Dropped a screwdriver down the toilet drain

April 22, 2017, 9:44 pm

I drop a screwdriver down a toilet drain. The drain is cast iron and straight down about 8 ft and then does a 90. The driver is laying at the 90 and I can just see the handle but none of the metal pa... Read more »

Reinforcing 2x6 attic joists above 2nd for conversion to 3rd floor living s...

April 22, 2017, 5:43 am

Seeing if anyone can help, I just bought a house built in 1908. Half of the attic was a finished with plastered and deteriorated over the years due to a leaky roof, the other half of the attic wa... Read more »

outdoor tankless water heater

March 31, 2017, 3:22 am

Are outdoor tankless water heaters allowed on a zero lot line wall? I know windows are not allowed, but a neighbor just installed a tankless heater on the outside wall. Read more »

load bearing wall with single top plate

December 12, 2016, 6:58 pm

Can an existing partition wall with a single top plate be used as a load bearing wall if strengthened? I was considering inserting 2x4 blocking between each stud (studs are 16 o.c.) and nailing them... Read more »

3/4" clean stone

November 2, 2016, 2:03 pm

How much does 1 yard of 3/4 clean stone weigh? Read more »

Suggestions? House Exterior Covering

October 23, 2016, 5:20 pm or What's a cheap way to make the exterior... Read more »

Bathtub problem, Please help

April 12, 2016, 11:56 pm

Ok question bout bath tubs. I live in a mobile home & I want to replace my corner garden tub with a regural tub( really want one with jets). My tub size is 52 3/4 by 52/ 34 16 deep. Where can I find... Read more »

Detritis (crap) falling into living room

December 17, 2015, 11:29 pm

I have had this fire in place for 14 years, recently the coals on fire have been subjected to detritus (stuff) coming down the chimney flume and falling into the fire, and often then into the living ... Read more »

Insulation recommendation for detached garage

December 15, 2015, 11:58 pm

I have a detached garage that is framed with wood as well as concrete board siding. I was wanting to insulate the area for a hydroponic garden that I have but was concerned with the moisture getting ... Read more »

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FLorida Codes? rating: 5

I am a mason of over two decades that has recently purchased a home in Port Richey, FL. Soon after moving into the home I noticed termites had all but eaten the frame of a garage door (the tin door... Read more »

Does an attic fan need an override switch for a smoke alarm? rating: 5

I wanted to install an vent fan to cool down the attic. This is 100% attic air. No air sucked in from the living space. The house is in Massachussetts. Contractor says this fan needs an automatic s... Read more »

RCH BUILDERS Reduces Project Cost By $250,000 in London, Ontario rating: 5

RCH Builders is pleased to announce the recent completion of building renov ations and re-branding of a commercial building on one of London's busiest arteries, located on Adelaide Street, South i... Read more »

making a custom soffit intake vent rating: 5

I am considering soffit vent options for aesthetics and to satisfy air intake recomendations. The number of existing 8x16 soffit vent openings are insufficient based on the 1/150 ratio recommendatio... Read more »

Stair stringer layout help rating: 5

There is a stair stringer layout tool for the iPad that makes cutting stringers simple and easy called StairBuilderPro. It is unlike any other layout tool/guide in that no framing square or angle g... Read more »

Water Heater Vent rating: 5

My plumber assured me that a vent made of 4 PVC running out through the roof would be sufficient to vent a tankless hot water heater and a furnace in my 1700 square foot home. The plumber has sinc... Read more »

Adding foundation wall to an existing slab rating: 5

Hi! I have an old garage that we're converting to a shed. We took out the ramped concrete and the front wall (which was mostly a non-functioning garage door!) As built, the walls sit on the slab onl... Read more »

Nail down hardwood florring parallel to floor joists rating: 5

P.Ostal ------------------------------------- Hi all I have open-web engineered floor joists at 19.2 centre, and they run along the longer length of the living/dining room. I have 3/4 particle board ... Read more »

"No Sitting" Metal Strips rating: 5

I have seen a strip of decorative metal placed around planters in commerical areas to discourage people from sitting there. The metal I have in mind isn't tall spikes, but just maybe an inch high wi... Read more »

Exterior Siding on Reddiform ICF rating: 5

I am looking for options for siding on ICF forms. These are solid foam with no nailers on them. Do any of you have any info for me? We are looking at some type of rock which may be cultured or not. ... Read more » is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here. All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.